The Poetry Society has a long and successful history of education work. We find that working with poetry is not only a creative end in itself but also a powerful tool for raising standards in literacy and developing language skills. It frequently releases untapped potential amongst students who are not confident in traditional narrative or essay writing. It also offers exciting challenges to targeted groups of students and through subject areas across the curriculum.
Teachers are already aware of how poetry fits into the National Curriculum. It has many other advantages too:
• It comes in easily digestible sections
• There is a poem to fit even the smallest space on a school timetable
• It uses many kinds of structure and form, and is fun to imitate
• It accesses hidden talent in those who struggle with longer pieces of text
• It stretches the most able
• It requires real originality of thought
• There are opportunities for publication of young people's poems, and prizes to be won
• It requires only pen and paper, so it's cheap!
To start developing a poetry-active culture in your school, call on the resources of Poetryclass.
We have a wealth of resources to offer teachers, much of which may also appeal to parents or indeed anyone wishing to learn more about how to engage young people in reading and writing poetry.
With specially tailored INSET sessions available through the Poetry Society, teachers can learn new skills to help them work imaginatively with poetry in the classroom.
"Many of the teachers said it was the best INSET they had ever attended ... carefully planned and very well delivered."
If you are looking to signpost young students on to poetry resources which they can access themselves, then the Poetry Society's Young Poets Network has a wealth of information, features, writing exercises and competitions aimed at young people up to the age of 25, but with a special focus on 13-19 year olds.
The Poetry Society's Poetryclass project supports educators, poets and parents in using poetry for learning. Please browse below for the kinds of support we can offer.
Telephone: 020 7420 9880